By Dennis Peprah, GNA
Sept. 2, GNA – Okoforoboo Dr Yaw Agyei, the Paramount Chief of Mim, in the
Asunafo North Municipality on Thursday blamed the current and successive
governments for the country’s rapid depletion of forest and natural resources.
He said the
government has all the required security apparatus to fight uncontrolled
illegal logging, mining and destruction of river bodies, but is failing to tackle
the national challenge in a proactive and responsive manner.
was speaking at the inauguration of the Ayum-Asuokow Community Resource
Management Area (CREMA) at Ampenkrom in the Municipality.
involves 36 communities, with an operational land area of about 21,574
hectares, was established to support sustainable management of forest and
natural resources in the area.
It was established
under the Environment Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production in Ghana
Project being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in
collaboration with the Ghana Cocoa Board and Mondelez International’s Cocoa
observed that human rights provisions have virtually taken over the traditional
powers of chiefs and queens, a situation he noted is making it difficult for
the chieftaincy institution to fight against wrongdoings in the society.
He warned that
posterity and unborn generations would not spare the government and Ghanaians
in general if activities of illegal loggers and miners are not brought under
control to preserve the eco-system.
Asamoah, the Forestry Management and Conservation Specialist of the ESP project
explained that the CREMA concept was an initiative of the Wildlife Division of
the Forestry Commission.
The concept, he
said devolves authority and enables communities, land owners and users to
manage the forest and wildlife resources of an area.
Dr Asamoah said the
project had supplied about 250,000 farmers in the area with economic tree
seedlings to help increase shade trees on cocoa farms and enhance carbon stocks
across cocoa landscapes.